(November 1992)

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Volume:
1
Price:
2.50 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
Now Comics
ISBN:
?
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Tony Caputo (Editor in chief); Joan Weis (Editor)
Format:
Standard US Modern size; color cover and interior pages; saddle-stitched

Issue Notes

Full title appears in indicia only, while cover logo, house ads, etc., render it simply "Kato II."


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Kato of the Green Hornet / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Val Mayerik (signed) (painting)
Inks:
Val Mayerik (signed) (painting)
Colors:
Val Mayerick (signed) (painting)
Letters:
?

Genre:
Martial arts
Characters:
Hayashi Kato; Sandy Sragow

Bad Boy (Table of Contents)

Kato of the Green Hornet / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script:
Mike Baron
Pencils:
Val Mayerik
Inks:
James Sherman
Colors:
Suzanne Dechnik
Letters:
Andrea Albert

Genre:
Martial arts; crime
Characters:
Hayashi Kato; Paul Reid; Sandy Sragow (introduction); Faye Ripien (introduction); Ned Karthage (introduction); Rex (introduction); The Spitting Cobras gang (villains)
Synopsis:
Rock star Sandy Sragow (professionally known simply as Sragow) is almost murdered on stage during a Boston concert, and his tour's next stop is The City. Due to his connection to Reid Communications and his having played in some sessions produced by the involved record label's president, concert pianist Paul Reid (a.k.a. Green Hornet IV) is asked by the mayor what he might be able to offer in security arrangements. As the would-be killer used Asian martial arts weaponry and the star is a buff, Paul asks Hayashi Kato to help. The obvious suspects are the Spitting Cobras, a street gang Sragow anatgonized by firing two of its members from his entourage, and Ned Karthage, the ex-business partner and former lover of his label's president, Faye Ripien. At the City's airport, Kato meets the rocker, who recognizes him from his kung fu movies and demotes his regular bodyguard, Rex, to driver. Sragow's profanity, drug abuse, promiscuity and arrogance do not sit well with Hayashi. Five Cobras accost the two while working out at a dojo, but are easily handled. However, while Sragow later entertains two playmates in his high rise hotel suite, an arrow smashes through the window and kills one of the women. During his concert, a man in the shadows lets loose an arrow from a compound bow....Concluded next issue.

Indexer Notes

Chronological placement of these events within the regular Green Hornet series is unclear; when Kato meets Sragow at the airport, he wears (except for mask and gloves) his "Green Hornet's associate" disguise/chauffeur's uniform(!) and continues to do so in many subsequent scenes, including in the next issue; "Spitting Cobras" is also the name of a gang that accosted Kato and his companion while they travelled across Mainland China to his Shaolin temple in Kato of the Green Hornet (1991 series) #1, but there is no acknowledgement of that in this story.

[Kato of the Green Hornet II #2] (Table of Contents)

Kato of the Green Hornet / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Val Mayerik
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
Martial arts
Characters:
Hayashi Kato
Synopsis:
Preview of the next issue, including a textual teaser and a preliminary sketch of Val Mayerik's cover painting, along with a request for readers' comments with mailing address.

Indexer Notes

There is a red tint to the entire illustration.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

What NOW? / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset; ? (for logos)

Synopsis:
Listings for eight NOW comics titles, with creative talent credits and synopses, including alternate versions for four, and one entry for a Speed Racer video.

Indexer Notes

The logo is a dull green with brown extremities, comic titles are brown, while the entries for two versions of Universal Soldier #1 and for Tales of the Green Hornet V.3, #1 are in a box with a brown and grey background; this is NOT the "What NOW?" feature that appeared in most of the company's releases of this cover date, but it is just as current as the other.

The Hornet's Original Writer is Back! (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
Joan Weis
Colors:
? (logo)
Letters:
Typeset; ? (for logos)

Synopsis:
A brief essay announcing Ron Fortier's return to scripting the NOW feature that he had initially developed, The Green Hornet.

Indexer Notes

The letters that make up the logo are of various colors, while the feature is otherwise black type on a white background; this appeared on the last interior page of most NOW Comics releases of July and August 1992(!) cover dates, along with Sequence 5.

Speed and Trixie Visit NOW Comics (Table of Contents)

text article / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Joan Weis
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Colors:
? (photo)
Letters:
Typeset; ? (for logos)

Synopsis:
A report of Speed Racer voice artists Peter Fernandez and Corinne Orr visiting the NOW Comics booth at a New York licensing show, with a color photo of them and NOW publisher Tony Caputo; there is also a boxed list of NOW's staff.

Indexer Notes

The logos for the essay and the staff list are red, with the latter having an orange background; this feature appeared on the last interior page of most NOW releases of July and August 1992(!) cover dates, along with Sequence 4.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Kato of the Green Hornet
  2. 1. Bad Boy
    Kato of the Green Hornet
  3. 2. [Kato of the Green Hornet II #2]
    Kato of the Green Hornet
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    What NOW?
  5. 4. The Hornet's Original Writer is Back!
  6. 5. Speed and Trixie Visit NOW Comics
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Ted Watson
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Ted Watson